About Dr. Vishnu Mohan Bhan
Dr. Vishnu Mohan Bhan obtained M.Sc. (Agri.) from Agra University, and Ph.D. from IIT, Kharagpur in 1965. He was appointed Asstt. Prof. in Agronomy in 1966, Assoc. Prof. in 1971 at GBPUAT, Pantnagar; first Professor of Weed Science in the country in 1979 at HAU, Hisar. He was founder Director of National Research Centre for Weed Science, Jabalpur and served from 1989 to 1998.
Dr. Bhan was actively involved in teaching, research and extension activities in weed science. He guided 7 Ph.D. and nearly 35 M.Sc. students in weed science, and developed course structure on weed science. He worked on various aspects of weeds like biology, ecology, physiological aspects, resistance to herbicides, and weeds management in field crops, vegetables, fruit crops, aquatic and parasitic weeds, fertility and irrigation management, and adaptive research on farmers’ field. He along with his students and fellow scientists published nearly 350 research papers and a book on weed control. Dr. Bhan helped weeds to be included in plant quarantine system. He visited UK as Visiting Scientist at WRO, Oxford; University of Illinois, USA; UNIDO Consultant in South Korea, and delivered lectures in Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Philippines, Bangkok and Tokyo.
Dr Bhan was recipient of Rajendra Prasad Puruskar by ICAR for writing text book on weed control in Hindi in 1978. He was awarded Fellow of the Indian Society of Agronomy and Indian Society of Weed Science. He was also conferred Outstanding Achievement Award by the International Weed Science Society (1995); and Gold Medal and Life Time Achievements Award of ISWS (2007-08).